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UND to co-host GIS conference UND, the UND Geography Department, the state of North Dakota and the U.S. Geological Survey will co-host the North Dakota GIS Users Conference Tuesday through Thursday in the Alerus Center. The event will bring toget...

UND to co-host GIS conference

UND, the UND Geography Department, the state of North Dakota and the U.S. Geological Survey will co-host the North Dakota GIS Users Conference Tuesday through Thursday in the Alerus Center.

The event will bring together professionals, researchers, educators and students who are interested in geographic information systems and applications.

Keynote speaker will be Brian Vanderbilt from Farm Service Agency's Aerial Photography Field Office. He will speak on the National Agricultural Imagery Program.

For more information, visit www.und.nodak.edu/org/



UND to kick off theater season

UND will open the 2011-2012 theater arts season Tuesday with the play "Time Stands Still."

The play, by Donald Margulies, tackles the question of whether it's best to follow a career path or to follow your heart and is set against America's current wars overseas.

The play will run through Saturday in the Burtness Lab Theatre with showings at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call (701) 777-2587.

Kelley to discuss 'Exceptional UND'

President Robert Kelley will discuss the "Exceptional UND" initiative during the Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks' upcoming "Wake Up to UND" event.

The event will be held Wednesday at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m., and the talk will begin at 8 a.m.


The five tenets of "Exceptional UND" include: enriching the student learning experience; encouraging gathering; facilitating collaboration; expanding UND's presence; and enhancing the quality of life for faculty and staff.

To learn more, visit www.und.edu/provost/


UND to host ceramic artist

UND's Department of Art and Design will host an internationally recognized clay artist at a workshop and presentation of his work this week.

Jeff Oestreich will hold a workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Room 149 of the Hughes Fine Arts Center. The presentation includes a slide show at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Barr Room of the Hughes Fine Arts Center.

The events are free and open to the public.

Oestreich, a ceramic artist from Taylors Falls, Minn., has exhibited his work internationally.


His creations use minimal surface decoration and salt-fired glazes with minimal use of color.

UND to kick off lecture series

UND professors will present the first lecture of the university's faculty lecture series 2011-2012 season this week.

"Beyond Earth: Integrating STEM and Native Science to Enhance Learning," will take place Thursday at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will be presented by Mark Guy, professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, and Timothy Young, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

UND plans panel on grad students

The UND Graduate School and UND Women in Science will co-host a panel discussion this month about what it's like to be a graduate student.


The event starts with a social at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 19.

A panel will follow from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union.

The event is free and open to the public.

The panel is targeted at undergraduate students who are considering graduate school and want to learn more about the process.

UND to host Canadian scholar

The UND Communication Program will host a prominent Canadian scholar this week.

William J. Buxton will be at the UND Bookstore at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the impact of Carnegie and Rockefeller philanthropy on American thought and cultural life during the first half of the 20th century.

Buxton, a communication studies professor and director of the doctoral program at Concordia University in Montreal, has written more than 80 articles, book chapters and reviews about intellectual and cultural history.


He has taught at Harvard University, Laurentian University, the University of New Brunswick and Simon Fraser University.

UND director to lead conference

Kristine Paranica, director of UND's Conflict Resolution Center, has been selected as tri-chair of the 2011 Association for Conflict Resolution's 10th anniversary conference in San Diego.

The conference began Sunday and will conclude Oct. 16. In the role, Paranica will work with ACR's board to support more than 500 attendees and several speakers and presenters who will hold workshops on conflict, peace and resolution topics.

Paranica will present a skills session on conflict coaching and co-lead a presentation on domestic violence screening for family mediators.

Canada awards grant to UND

Canada has awarded the UND Program in Canadian, Quebec and North American Francophone Studies a $16,000 grant.

The funding will enhance the university's ability to maintain and develop a wide range of course offerings in the Canadian Studies minor on campus. UND's Canadian Studies Program is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.


UND med school dean featured

Josh Wynne, UND vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was featured in the summer 2011 issue of the Boston University alumni magazine.

Wynne and two other medical school deans were interviewed about the challenges and demands they face in guiding their institutions and keys to leading academic medicine.

Wynne and his wife, cardiologist Susan Farkas, both graduated from Boston University. He came to UND in 2004 as the med school's executive associate dean and associate dean for academic affairs. Wynne was appointed vice president for health affairs and med school dean in July 2010.

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